Broadband Statistics for Bristol, Bristol
Broadband Providers21
Fastest Speed943.13 Mbps
Median Speed41.69 Mbps
Fastest ProviderVirgin Media

Broadband Providers in Bristol

Bristol is in the top 100 fastest major cities in The United Kingdom with an average broadband speed of 73.96 Mbps in 2021. This is 11.98% faster than The United Kingdom's average download speed of 66.05 Mbps.

Residents in Bristol have run speed tests on 21 broadband providers. This number is 241.46% above the United Kingdom average of 6.15 internet service providers. ISPs available in Bristol include Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, and Vodafone. The most common broadband provider in Bristol is Virgin Media, with a maximum recorded internet speed of 943.13 Mbps, and the typical home user seeing speeds in the range of 46.57—180.73 Mbps.

Bristol's fastest provider is also Virgin Media, and the highest speed we've seen from them is 943.13 Mbps. Overall, the average real-world broadband speed that users will see in Bristol is 41.69 Mbps, which is 12.68% above the The United Kingdom national average of 37 Mbps, and 0% below the average of 41.69 Mbps in Bristol.

Our research into internet speeds in Bristol includes analysing postcove-level coverage data of broadband in BS5, BS4, BS3, BS9, and BS6.

Broadband Providers

  • Spectrum Internet in Bristol
    Not enough reviews
    217.8 Mbps

    Spectrum Internet's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 193.75 to 241.28 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 935.13 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 1,838 speed tests on Spectrum Internet Broadband.

  • FibreNest in Bristol
    Not enough reviews
    120.3 Mbps

    FibreNest's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 105.78 to 435.09 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 478.24 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 10 speed tests on FibreNest Broadband.

  • Glide in Bristol
    6 Reviews
    80.71 Mbps

    Glide's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 52.33 to 237.61 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 941.78 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 318 speed tests on Glide Broadband.

  • Hyperoptic in Bristol
    31 Reviews
    74.15 Mbps

    Hyperoptic's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 57.38 to 216.61 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 903.45 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 2,796 speed tests on Hyperoptic Broadband.

  • Gigaclear in Bristol
    6 Reviews
    72.81 Mbps

    Gigaclear's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 46.94 to 99.96 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 315.1 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 22 speed tests on Gigaclear Broadband.

  • Virgin Media in Bristol
    825 Reviews
    70.41 Mbps

    Virgin Media's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 46.57 to 180.73 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 943.13 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 197,099 speed tests on Virgin Media Broadband.

  • Zen Internet in Bristol
    39 Reviews
    64.59 Mbps

    Zen Internet's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 48.98 to 93.68 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 893.71 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 197 speed tests on Zen Internet Broadband.

  • Independent Fibre Networks
    4 Reviews
    48.84 Mbps

    Independent Fibre Networks's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 36.36 to 74.91 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 363.53 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 174 speed tests on Independent Fibre Networks Broadband.

  • BT in Bristol
    414 Reviews
    47.65 Mbps
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    BT's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 33.88 to 92.99 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 940.39 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 36,351 speed tests on BT Broadband.

  • Vodafone in Bristol
    135 Reviews
    35.98 Mbps
    Order Online

    Vodafone's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 29.62 to 65.83 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 938.53 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 44,832 speed tests on Vodafone Broadband.

  • TalkTalk in Bristol
    223 Reviews
    28.47 Mbps
    Order Online

    TalkTalk's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 21 to 49.51 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 704.37 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 19,793 speed tests on TalkTalk Broadband.

  • Andrews & Arnold in Bristol
    7 Reviews
    27.03 Mbps

    Andrews & Arnold's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 22.82 to 31.44 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 39.82 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 10 speed tests on Andrews & Arnold Broadband.

  • CIX in Bristol
    1 Review
    25.9 Mbps

    CIX's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 17.14 to 93.41 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 741.34 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 76 speed tests on CIX Broadband.

  • iDNET in Bristol
    1 Review
    24.02 Mbps

    iDNET's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 20.63 to 50.53 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 60.58 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 10 speed tests on iDNET Broadband.

  • EE in Bristol
    222 Reviews
    21.55 Mbps
    Order Online

    EE's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 14.44 to 54.52 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 643.28 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 4,822 speed tests on EE Broadband.

  • TrueSpeed Communications in Bristol
    5 Reviews
    20.59 Mbps

    TrueSpeed Communications's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 11.6 to 80.25 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 198.81 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 42 speed tests on TrueSpeed Communications Broadband.

  • Sky Broadband in Bristol
    497 Reviews
    19.05 Mbps
    Order Online

    Sky Broadband's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 14.03 to 49.21 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 500.76 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 60,578 speed tests on Sky Broadband.

  • Plusnet in Bristol
    267 Reviews
    14.18 Mbps
    Order Online

    Plusnet's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 10.55 to 35.37 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 74.68 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 8,446 speed tests on Plusnet Broadband.

  • Shell Energy in Bristol
    33 Reviews
    8.77 Mbps
    Order Online

    Shell Energy's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 6.79 to 21.97 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 73.71 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 1,272 speed tests on Shell Energy Broadband.

  • Gradwell in Bristol
    Not enough reviews
    6.55 Mbps

    Gradwell's typical internet speed range in Bristol is 0 to 6.55 Mbps, and the fastest broadband speed we've seen from them here is 43.14 Mbps. Bristol residents have performed 2 speed tests on Gradwell Broadband.

Broadband in Bristol

1st

Best speed range city in Bristol

943.13 Mbps

Bristol's fastest speed

29.91—109.63 Mbps

Typical speed range available to Bristol residents

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Average Broadband Speeds in Bristol

YearBristol AverageUnited Kingdom AverageDifference
201827.81 Mbps26.27 Mbps5.86% Faster
201933 Mbps30.63 Mbps7.74% Faster
202089.04 Mbps80.31 Mbps10.87% Faster
202173.96 Mbps66.05 Mbps11.98% Faster

Bristol Broadband Speed Distribution

 Percentage of Speed Tests in Speed Range
Internet Speed RangeBristolUnited Kingdom
Very Slow: under 10 Mbps32.14%28.66%
Slow: 10-30 Mbps28.80%26.52%
Adequate: 30-60 Mbps16.95%20.91%
Good: 60-80 Mbps5.49%8.46%
Fast: 80-300 Mbps14.50%13.12%
Very Fast: over 300 Mbps2.11%2.33%

How Bristol Compares to Major Cities

City / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
London5794.21 Mbps34.18—94.02 Mbps46.82 MbpsFaster
Bristol943.13 Mbps29.91—109.63 Mbps41.69 Mbps-
Birmingham941.32 Mbps28.85—104.15 Mbps37.55 MbpsSlower
Liverpool1134.53 Mbps24.43—88.74 Mbps33.34 MbpsSlower
Nottingham934.56 Mbps21.55—50.89 Mbps25.83 MbpsSlower
Sheffield932.42 Mbps23.32—67.72 Mbps31.7 MbpsSlower
Glasgow913.93 Mbps19.32—70.51 Mbps30.87 MbpsSlower
Leicester933.42 Mbps26.93—94.09 Mbps36.57 MbpsSlower
Edinburgh869.7 Mbps31.66—108.39 Mbps39.9 MbpsSlower

Bristol Broadband Speeds Over Time

We class broadband speed distributions as follows: very slow under 10 Mbps; slow 10-30 Mbps; adequate 30-60 Mbps; good 60-80 Mbps; fast 80-300 Mbps; very fast over 300 Mbps.

How Bristol Compares for Internet Speed in Bristol

PositionCity / TownMax SpeedTypical Speed RangeMedian 
1Bristol943.13 Mbps29.91—109.63 Mbps41.69 Mbps-

Bristol Internet Speed Test Results

We analysed the results of people in Bristol testing broadband providers multiple times, with each test starting no more than 30 minutes after the previous speed test. On average, people in Bristol ran 4 internet speed tests per session. Looking at broadband download speeds, if the Bristol resident's final test is 10% faster than their starting download speed, we count that as a succesful and faster speed test result. We count an unsuccessful, slower result if the final result is 10% slower than the starting result; we'd hope their ISP contacts them ASAP! For broadband speed tests that don't vary by that much, we consider the final result to be the same. For Bristol's residents, of the internet speed tests we measured, 43.64% were fast, 29.34% slow, and 27.02% broadly the same.
Most Recent Tests
ProviderStart Time# TestsDurationStart SpeedEnd SpeedStatus
Vodafone19 Oct 2021 23:18:32415 mins3.54 Mbps4.49 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media19 Oct 2021 23:08:51250 secs3.48 Mbps15.28 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media19 Oct 2021 22:42:04223 mins4.06 Mbps4.16 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Vodafone19 Oct 2021 22:41:37231 secs36.17 Mbps35.77 Mbps
Virgin Media19 Oct 2021 22:35:58230 secs0.1 Mbps0.57 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Vodafone19 Oct 2021 22:32:3622 mins271.47 Mbps497.33 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media19 Oct 2021 22:13:52340 secs107.36 Mbps209.59 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband19 Oct 2021 22:07:09226 secs32.96 Mbps33.12 Mbps
Virgin Media19 Oct 2021 22:00:26241 secs14.12 Mbps17.38 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media19 Oct 2021 21:28:11216 mins45.01 Mbps68.95 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media19 Oct 2021 21:16:46917 mins28.84 Mbps0.68 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media19 Oct 2021 21:27:59230 secs2.51 Mbps3.04 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband19 Oct 2021 21:01:36226 mins23.76 Mbps14.37 MbpsNeeds help
Virgin Media19 Oct 2021 21:14:1728 mins50.26 Mbps57.12 MbpsImproved
Virgin Media19 Oct 2021 21:05:26388 secs0.29 Mbps7.33 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Sky Broadband19 Oct 2021 20:27:59433 mins1.82 Mbps1.07 MbpsNeeds help, very slow
Virgin Media19 Oct 2021 20:07:30547 mins0.46 Mbps37.19 MbpsImproved
Sky Broadband19 Oct 2021 20:13:27429 mins64.79 Mbps65.23 Mbps
Sky Broadband19 Oct 2021 20:39:39245 secs452.38 Mbps449.49 Mbps
BT19 Oct 2021 20:35:1323 mins31.53 Mbps32.87 Mbps

Summary of Internet Service Providers in Bristol

#Provider NameMax SpeedTypical Speed Range
1FibreNest478.24 Mbps105.78—435.09 Mbps
2Spectrum Internet935.13 Mbps193.75—241.28 Mbps
3Glide941.78 Mbps52.33—237.61 Mbps
4Hyperoptic903.45 Mbps57.38—216.61 Mbps
5Virgin Media943.13 Mbps46.57—180.73 Mbps
6CIX741.34 Mbps17.14—93.41 Mbps
7Gigaclear315.1 Mbps46.94—99.96 Mbps
8BT940.39 Mbps33.88—92.99 Mbps
9Zen Internet893.71 Mbps48.98—93.68 Mbps
10Independent Fibre Networks363.53 Mbps36.36—74.91 Mbps
11Vodafone938.53 Mbps29.62—65.83 Mbps
12TrueSpeed Communications198.81 Mbps11.6—80.25 Mbps
13KCOM233.78 Mbps15.8—63.48 Mbps
14TalkTalk704.37 Mbps21—49.51 Mbps
15EE643.28 Mbps14.44—54.52 Mbps
16iDNET60.58 Mbps20.63—50.53 Mbps
17Sky Broadband500.76 Mbps14.03—49.21 Mbps
18Gradwell43.14 Mbps0—6.55 Mbps
19Andrews & Arnold39.82 Mbps22.82—31.44 Mbps
20Plusnet74.68 Mbps10.55—35.37 Mbps
21Shell Energy73.71 Mbps6.79—21.97 Mbps

Bristol Broadband Speed Map

Frequently Asked Questions about Internet Providers in Bristol

How many broadband providers in Bristol are there?
Bristol has 21 ISPs tested by its 463,405 residents.
Who is the fastest broadband provider in Bristol?
Virgin Media is the fastest broadband provider in Bristol with 943.13 Mbps, and an average internet speed range of 46.57—180.73 Mbps.
Who is the best internet provider in Bristol?
The best internet provider in Bristol is FibreNest, and their users typically see broadband speeds in the range of 105.78 to 435.09 Mbps.
What is the average internet speed in Bristol?
Users in Bristol see an average internet speed of 29.91 up to 369 Mbps, and the fastest speed we've seen is 943.13 Mbps.
Is Virgin Media available in Bristol?
Broadband service from Virgin Media is available in Bristol, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 943.13 Mbps.
Is Sky Broadband available in Bristol?
Broadband service from Sky Broadband is available in Bristol, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 500.76 Mbps.
Is Vodafone available in Bristol?
Broadband service from Vodafone is available in Bristol, and the fastest speed we've seen from them is 938.53 Mbps.
Is BT full fibre available in Bristol?
Yes, BT offers full fibre to the home (also called FTTH or FTTP) to 5621 of Bristol's postcodes.
Who is the the most popular broadband provider in Bristol?
The broadband provider with the most users in Bristol is Virgin Media.

Last updated: 19 Oct 2021